The Center for Celiac Disease at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) held its 16th annual Celiac Education Day on Sunday, March 7, 2021. The event was held virtually this year because of lingering COVID-19 concerns.
Patients and families joined the event online to listen to industry experts discuss advances in treatment, how to cope with the day-to-day challenges and effects of celiac disease, as well as connect with other families dealing with similar challenges.
Families got more details about how celiac disease can manifest during childhood and adolescence, the importance of adhering to a gluten-free diet, and tips for avoiding (sometimes hidden) gluten in school and restaurants.
In addition, attendees learned:
- About future therapies in celiac treatment
- The importance of diet and incorporating gluten-free meal alternatives into your everyday life
- How college students can better manage a gluten-free diet
- Methods for sustaining a gluten-free diet while traveling
For the past 16 years, the Center for Celiac Disease has provided patients and families the opportunity to participate in this one-day, multidisciplinary program focused on education and awareness. Despite this year’s event being online only, it was resounding success thanks to our organizers, speakers and attendees.
Thank you to everyone who made this year’s event possible. We hope to see you – in person – next year!